ca·​ba·​let·​ta | \ ˌka-bə-ˈle-tə How to pronounce cabaletta (audio) , ˌkä-\

Definition of cabaletta

1 : an operatic song in simple popular style characterized by a uniform rhythm
2 : the lively bravura concluding section of an extended aria or duet

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This was a problematic choice, particularly since the heroine, Pia, in her dying cabaletta, begs the two groups, led respectively by her husband and her brother, to make peace, which seems historically unlikely. Heidi Waleson, WSJ, "A Pair of U.S. Premieres at Spoleto Festival USA," 29 May 2018 The chorus had to stand around staring cluelessly at deeply personal outpourings of grief; almost every aria—a slow cavatina followed by a fast cabaletta—was interrupted by some startling piece of news to justify the radical change of mood. Heidi Waleson, WSJ, "A Pair of U.S. Premieres at Spoleto Festival USA," 29 May 2018 The traditional cut of the duke’s cabaletta in Act II was observed, but other standard cuts were restored. John Von Rhein,, "Vocal sparks fly in Lyric Opera's riveting 'Rigoletto'," 8 Oct. 2017 And Mr. Hymel dispatched with exciting fervor the brilliant cabaletta in Act IV when Arnold vows to avenge his father, killed by the Austrians, and rally the Swiss resistance, nailing all the high C’s. Anthony Tommasini, New York Times, "Pierre Audi on His ‘Guillaume Tell’," 18 Oct. 2016

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First Known Use of cabaletta

1842, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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